We are all healers. It was a big edge for me when I started referring
to myself as a healer - like I stepped over a boundary. Part of
it was having an image in my head of a healer being someone who
puts their hands on someone to heal them. This certainly wasn't
the type of healer that I was. Another preconception that I had
about calling myself a healer was that I still saw the wounded part
of myself. How could I call myself a healer if I myself wasn't healed?
| Paul Levy
Over the course of time, I've begun to notice that to the extent
that I could put my own process, with all of my problems, on the
side - stepping out of my self, so to speak - and really
be there for the other person, something always seemed to happen
that was beneficial. I would find myself empty in a way where I
would enter the other persons process completely, like I was
entering their dream.
All this was done via an empathic imagination, where I would let
myself feel into the other persons situation. If I would be
able to access the place in the collective consciousness where our
two seemingly separate psyches were interconnected, I would literally
be touched. This would initiate and activate certain
processes in my psyche that were of similar resonance. This is called
If I would be able to fully participate in whatever was getting
stirred up in me, while at the same time managing to not get absorbed
in either my friends or my own process, which would be of
no help, something useful could happen. If I would be able to self-reflect
and creatively process and assimilate the energies that were getting
triggered in me, the dreamfield that my friend and I were sharing
literally would get transformed at the level of the collective unconscious.
This is to shamanize the field, which could only support
my friends process of healing (as well as my own, not to mention
the entire universe)
I also began to notice that almost everyone had a part of them,
by the way they told their story, that was presenting it as problematic,
which was clearly a reflection of this part of myself. I began to
realize that if I agreed and bought into this point of view, I was
actually reinforcing their very tightly held notion that they were
someone with a problem, thereby supporting the very spell they were
hoping to break.
I began to understand that to the extent that I wasn't becoming
enchanted by my own wounded parts, I would not be entranced, so
to speak, when the other person presented their own woundedness
as being who they were. To the extent that I could relate to my
own sense of wholeness, which is available right now as the spacious
emptiness, which effortlessly embraces everything that arises, I
could see the other persons wholeness. Being like a dream,
who were they, but a reflection of myself? Seeing this wholeness
is not a fabrication, but seeing clearly the truth of our being.
It is not being entranced by our Halloween costume that there is
something the matter with us.
Being like a dream, I began to see that everyone who came into
my office was a synchronistic reflection of a part of myself, in
a way that seemed uncanny. To recognize the other person as an embodied
reflection of a part of our own self is to awaken in the dream.
This is the moment where the artificial boundary between self and
other dissolves, spontaneously activating the energy of compassion.
To the extent that we truly serve the seeming other, we literally
heal ourselves, for at the true nature level we are not separate.
I began to realize that everyone I met afforded me the opportunity
to perpetuate my own judgement and stuckness, or step
into my own inherent health and wholeness, and retrieve and embrace
a long lost part of my soul. It all depended on what I chose to
The point is that we are all healers. We can all play this role
for each other. At the level of the true nature state, where we
are not separate, no one gets fully healed until we all do.
Paul Levy is an artist and healer in private practice, assisting
others who are also spiritually awakening. A pioneer in the field
of spiritual emergence, he is in the new book Saints and Madmen:
Psychiatry Opens its Doors to Religion. He is the coordinator of
the Portland PadmaSambhava Buddhist Center. He can be reached at
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